Thursday, January 10, 2013
Hearing Monday on redistricting
By SUE WATSON
A public hearing to discuss the proposed supervisor redistricting plans is set for Monday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. in boardroom on Market Street in Holly Springs.
The public is invited to attend, make comments, and ask questions at this hearing. Afterward, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors will approve one of two plans to send to the U.S. Department of Justice for review and approval.
The plans would equalize district voting age populations by restructuring the District 3 geographic boundaries to reduce population in that district. The plans call for including those voters in either District 1 or District 4 and one of these districts will shift to add voters to District 5, a district whose population has not increased in the last 10 years, according to the 2010 Census data.
While District 3 gained population in the last 10 years, other districts did not grow at such a pace. District 2 boundaries will remain essentially unchanged.
The redistricting is required every 10 years if voter distributions have changed significantly. Rules require that district populations be within plus or minus five percent in each district.
After the plan is approved and submitted, the county will begin to work on redistricting plans for the justice court judge districts and constable districts.
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